Post by Michael Trew Post by jmcquown
Let's clarify something. There are two types of calls, one is a sales
call for insurance, car warranty, etc. But there is also the scam
calls getting people to send them money from their bank account
telling them their Social Security is on hold, etc.
I have no problem stringing a scammer trying to steal my money. As
long as I"m talking to him he is not reaching a gullible person that
will be a victim.
Same thing with emails allegedly from Amazon saying a $1300 computer has
been charged to your account and will be shipped to some guy in another
state. The invite you to call if you have questions about the order.
Of course I know this shit is fake but for grins I called the number
once. "Oh! [I was told by a man with an Indian accent, although the
phone number was spoofed to be in the U.S.] There are FIVE shipping
addresses associated with your Amazon account. Is that not right? Oh,
we'll send you a link so you can change your password!"
BS. I immediately did sign on (not from their link), verified there are
no other shipping addresses and yes, I changed my password.
Meanwhile, they told me in order to correct the multiple addressees on
my Amazon account I had to go to Walgreen's and buy $200 worth of eBay
gift cards and read the numbers to them to correct the problem.
The funny thing about it is when I yelled "SCAMMER!" and hung up, the
guy had the nerve to call me back. "What makes you think this is a
scam?" "What makes you think I'm an idiot?"
The sad thing is, some people actually fall for this stuff. :(
The fake emails are usually from gmail accounts. (sigh)
When I worked for Apple tech (phone) support, I can think of several
times it happened to elderly people. I will never forget the older
fellow from Texas, who had a trained (American) scammer call him, and
tell him accurate personal information describing his nephew and told
him he was in jail... he needed to send $4K in Apple iTunes gift cards
to bail him out, pronto. I don't know how this wouldn't raise major red
flags, but he did as he was told.
I asked him if he called the cops, yes. I asked him if he contacted his
bank... but he used cash from his safe at home to buy them. OUCH! It
stunk telling him there was nothing we could do. He didn't think to
call his nephew until after he sent the gift cards (who was, of course,
not in jail). I felt bad for the guy, but how can you be so gullible?
He was quite sullen after that... he knew he was "had".
Jeez, couldn't the scammer be traced via phone number... but prolly used a burner phone... " Oh Well " ...